Psycho Thrillers: Cinematic Explorations of the Mysteries of the Mind / Edition 1

Psycho Thrillers: Cinematic Explorations of the Mysteries of the Mind / Edition 1

by William Indick
     
 

ISBN-10: 0786423714

ISBN-13: 9780786423712

Pub. Date: 02/24/2006

Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers

Mind control, madness and altered states of reality can make for exciting nights at the movies—which explains the enduring popularity of a film genre that might be called the psycho thriller. Psychiatry and film came of age simultaneously, and characters such as the evil psychiatrist and the pathological killer were often developed in direct reference to the

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Mind control, madness and altered states of reality can make for exciting nights at the movies—which explains the enduring popularity of a film genre that might be called the psycho thriller. Psychiatry and film came of age simultaneously, and characters such as the evil psychiatrist and the pathological killer were often developed in direct reference to the psychological themes that inspired them. For example, the penchants of Hitchcock's famously creepy Norman Bates represented real psychological disorders, and his actions were explained through psychoanalysis. The psycho thriller presents a world where psychology represents a dimension of supernatural and metaphysical wonders.

The introduction analyzes what makes a psycho thriller, and subsequent chapters are devoted to each of the archetypal psycho thriller characters (the mad scientist, the psycho killer, the individual with psychic powers, and the psychiatrist) and themes (mind control, dreams, memory, and existential issues). The concluding chapter lists the top twenty psycho thrillers. Stills from classic films in the genre illustrate the text, which also includes filmography, bibliography, and index.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786423712
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
02/24/2006
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
195
Product dimensions:
9.00(w) x 6.00(h) x 0.60(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vi
Preface 1
Introduction 3
Chapter One: Doctors of the Mind 7
Chapter Two: Psycho Killers 28
Chapter Three: Mad Scientists 40
Chapter Four: Psychic Powers 61
Chapter Five: Mind Control 75
Chapter Six: The Dream World 96
Chapter Seven: Memory and the Problem of Existence 104
Chapter Eight: Psy-Fi Disorders Not Otherwise Specified 121
Chapter Nine: Masters of Psy-Fi 131
Conclusion: The Top Twenty Psy-Fi Movies 147
Filmography 155
Bibliography 179
Index 181

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